Surging trade delivers broad gains to March 2017 cargo traffic

Note — 14 April 2017: This post has been updated to reflect the latest traffic results. Many of the major carriers in Europe and North America, as well as several from Asia, have now reported their March 2017 traffic figures,and  the results are almost universally good. Despite the politically tumultuous 2016 which saw the UK vote […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2017

Lufthansa Cargo becomes doubly cool

Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt Cool Center will nearly double in size, from the current 4,500 square meters, to 8,000 square meters. This is yet another indication of the international pharma market’s growing demand for air freight. At a time when the air freight industry as a whole was chastised for its inability to safely transport temperature-sensitive […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2017

New agreement between Etihad and Lufthansa

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa finalized a codeshare agreement, set to begin this month (subject to government approval). The agreement signals a strategic cooperation between two former, and often bitter, rivals. Although initially restricted to the carriers’ passenger operations, the deal may foreshadow future cargo developments. The German carrier will begin putting its LH code on […]
  • David Harris
  • January 6, 2017

Who is carrying all that European traffic?

According to IATA, cargo traffic flown by carriers based in Europe was up 12.6% year-over-year in September, their biggest gain in many years. This strong performance by European carriers has now been going on for six months. But who is carrying all that cargo? In the past, the answer would have been simple: Air France-KLM, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 4, 2016

Recovery on the horizon at Lufthansa?

After two quarters of falling traffic demand, and a €46 million first half operating loss, more bad news from Lufthansa’s cargo unit would not have been surprising, but July traffic figures are encouraging. As shown in the chart, Lufthansa’s Group cargo traffic was up 1.6% y-o-y — not a huge gain, but a great deal better than what […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 12, 2016

Troubles continue for Europe’s big three

With the publication of its first-half results, Lufthansa issued a warning that, for the first time in many years, its cargo division was likely to post a full-year operating loss. We have come to expect losses at Air France-KLM Cargo, but Lufthansa? Lufthansa’s cargo operation had always seemed proof against increased competition and a deteriorating […]
  • David Harris
  • August 2, 2016

Top cargo carriers change their strategies

The top three international cargo carriers in 2015 were Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa. One might expect, given that all three have been at, or near, the top of the rankings for many years, that their approach to the business would be stable. Your business model has made you an industry leader, so why make […]
  • David Harris
  • July 21, 2016

FedEx & Emirates top the cargo rankings in 2015

After years of steadily rising through the ranks, Emirates became the world’s top international cargo carrier in 2013, and that dominance has grown in the two years since. The full rankings of the top fifty carriers, including international, domestic, and total traffic, are shown in the chart at the bottom of this page (and we’ll […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2016
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